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LD9710 (Lion Dog Music's Label)

Rick Ruskin, guitar, Vivian Williams - fiddle

I Am a Pilgrim, Jesus Loves Me, Amazing Grace, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Farther Along, This Little Light of Mine, What a Friend We Have In Jesus, Children Go Where I Send Thee, I'll Fly Away, Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho; Wayfaring Stranger

Fabulous instrumental versions of favorite hymns and old time gospel songs performed by master finger style guitarist, Rick Ruskin, and champion old time fiddler, Vivian Williams. This CD represents the collaboration of two old friends from very different musical backgrounds. The combination of Rick Ruskin's Motown/funk "fingerstyle as rhythm section" guitar and Vivian Williams' championship traditional fiddling on this collection of gospel favorites is nothing short of amazing. It was produced, arranged and recorded by Mr. Ruskin at his Lion Dog studio and released on his Lion Dog Music label. This recording features the juxtaposition of Vivian's noted Pacific Northwest fiddling styling, with an occasional more modern twist, with Rick's highly imaginative "pop" guitar styling and arranging, heavily influenced by traditional blues, Motown, and funk in unique, original arrangements of tunes they have known since childhood. This is not a "straight" traditional style project by any means. Two of the selections use electric bass and drums, and most of the rest use overdubbed fiddle and guitar parts. The result makes you want to sing along! It has been getting great reviews! For additional audio selections from and information about this CD visit Mr. Ruskin's Web site:

Sound Clips: Jesus Loves Me MP3 MP3(LoFi); Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho MP3 MP3(LoFi)

What the Reviewers Say



Floyd Engstrom, fiddle; Bob Olson, banjo; Rim Cardinale, guitar; Leaan Cardinale, bass; Phil Williams, guitar, banjo, bass on tracks 4, 11, 17

He Was There All the Time, Blessed Assurance, The Family Bible, I'll Fly Away, In the Garden, Mansion Over the Hilltop, Softly and Tenderly, Life's Railway to Heaven, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Ivory Palaces, The Old Rugged Cross, Supper Time, In My Heart There Rings a Melody, He Will Hold to My Hand, Precious Memories, How Great Thou Art, Steal Away and Pray, When We All Get to Heaven, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, If I Could Help Someone, The Tramp on the Street, When the Saints Go Marching In, Whispering Hope

Floyd Engstrom grew up in the Puget Sound region, and was playing dances in the 1930's in the typical Pacific Northwest style. However, like a lot of fiddlers in the region he also was playing hymns and gospel tunes on his fiddle. These he plays in a simple, respectful way, in keeping with his strong religious beliefs. It is a pleasure to enjoy listening to these tunes, some of which are fairly commonly known, and others that are not so well known. They bring true pleasure and inspiration. He is backed up very well on this recording by friends who have played with him at many fiddle shows and other events.

Sound Clips:When We All Get to Heaven MP3 MP3(LoFi); If I Could Help Someone MP3 MP3(LoFi)

Liner Notes How the Recording Was Made  

In addition to the above release, which is strictly instrumental gospel, there is significant vocal Gospel music on CD302: Comin' Round the Mountain, and many of the fiddle releases contain instrumental versions of Gospel tunes.

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